Flying on an airplane can knock your system off balance. This simple pre-flight routine strengthens your immune system. Thanks to herbs, you stand a better chance of arriving at your destination sniffle-free.
Flying is a true test for the immune system, but we’re up for the challenge!
Even before a global pandemic, we worried about how we might feel after flying. Board the plane in Denver the picture of health, wind up in New Orleans with a drippy nose. Air travel for many can be a stressful event: we anticipate the trip with some nervousness, excitement, or a delightful combination of both. Once we’re in the cabin we’re packed like sardines. And the trip can disrupt our eating, sleeping, meditation, stretching, resting, and exercise schedules. Flying is a true test for the immune system, but we’re up for the challenge!
We rely on a simple set of habits and herbal supplements to help our immune system meet the physical and emotional demands of flying.
1. Get good sleep.
Sleep is a pillar of health. Not getting enough quality sleep weakens your immune system. Aim for 7-9 hours a night. Try to limit screen time 2 hours before bedtime. Have a relaxing cup of Earth Ship Tea with Sweet Dreams an hour before bed, so that you don't have to wake up in the middle of your 7-9 hours to go to the bathroom.
2. Stay hydrated.
Before you leave for the airport, drop a tablespoon of marshmallow root into your empty water bottle (like this cute flower one). Once you get to the airport, fill it up with ice cold water from the drinking fountain. Marshmallow root is a demulcent, meaning it has soothing and softening effects on the soft tissue in your body. Especially your respiratory and digestive systems, which are especially vulnerable when you fly.
3. Reduce physical stress.
A week before you fly, help your body prepare for the stress it’s about to meet by upping your bitter greens intake and cutting back on alcohol and sugar.
4. Take your herbs.
Traveling doesn’t have to be a bummer. It can be a good excuse to get back to basics: shore up your immune and nervous system while supporting your respiratory and digestive systems.